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Heirloom tomato ID

Posted by Toffle London (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 3, 14 at 3:30

Hi, I posted this in the general plant ID forum but they told me to try you guys! I'm just curious about what this tomato actually is. My mother-in-law gave me the seeds this year that I think are at least 10 years old. Her elderly, now late, neighbor had given them to her and apparently the seeds had at least been passed down from her grandmother's time, maybe longer. This is in a little village outside Oxford. I planted 12 and 6 germinated, and are growing well, I'm just curious about what they are. I have another photo for scale that I'll put up. They do turn solid red when ripe, you can see one just behind the hand in the 2nd photo.


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Here's the other photo.


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Is it a type of Oxheart? That's not one that I have grown but I have seen that shape in seed catalogs.

Teresa


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This appears to be a globe fruit with a nipple on the blossom end.
Nipples, I believe, are genetically recessive, so this would eliminate
a lot of the many varieties in the red, 1" to 1.5" grouping.
The leaf type seems to be regular to my eyes. The fruits green
shoulders indicates it does not have the unifrom ripening gene
found in most commercial tomatoes, so it could possibly be an
old heirloom variety. Is it determinate or indeterminate?

It is impossible to identify it exactly, but we can all guess.

In case it is a long lost and rare heirloom, you should save seeds.


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I have no idea. Are they any good?


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I looked up Oxheart, the tips of these are much pointier than that. Some on the other forum suggested others that look more like what these are but still not the same to my eyes, and when I forwarded the messages to my mother-in-law she said she remembers the tomatoes being pretty round except for that nipple.
I don't think they're big enough yet to be useful in any ID but these are the seedlings so far: http://roofinlondon.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/tomato-100-year-2014-3-27.jpg
Don't know the (in)determinate answer yet... will keep an eye out. It's definitely not anything dwarf/compact.

The folded-up paper with the seeds on it was labeled "100-year-old tomato" and the woman's name; she had passed it on to the mother-in-law before she died but I suppose after she had to stop gardening. There are a bunch more seeds that I saved in case I killed all the plants or something. I'm sort of learning as I go along on a tiny little roof garden. Happy to send some seeds to someone more reliable to keep going for posterity in case they're interesting to anyone other than me.

This post was edited by Toffle on Thu, Apr 3, 14 at 18:19


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Looks LIKE Anna Russian. But probably it is not it.


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No, It's not a heart shaped variety as has been mentioned above, just a small red with a nipple.

With so many varieties out there and this one being grown for perhaps the first time in a long time and not known I can't see anyone being able to ID it for you.

Unfortunately it's almost impossible to ID ANY variety via photo unless the variety has something distinctive about shape or coloration, etc.,and few do.

Carolyn


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Oh Caroline I was so sure you'd solve the mystery plant! Interesting looking tomato, tho.
Sharon


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You mentioned above a 100 yo tomato and the only tomato variety I know of in England that's over 100 years old is Moneymaker, link below.

It fits what you've been showing as for size and color except for the small nipple and such small nipples can appear on fruits from time to time, especially if there's been high heat.

Carolyn

Here is a link that might be useful: Moneymaker


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As I look at the picture (with hand) they are not definitely round. The third small one on the top looks distinctively heart shaped.But that is beyond the point trying to ID it. The nippled blossom end is also a distinctive feature that puts it apart from any crowd. Even with all that narrowing down, it seems to stay unknown.
Give it a name: Mystery Lady


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Hi again everyone,
About 50% of the seeds I planted this year came up, and all of the seedlings are about 4' tall now and starting to make tomatoes. I took some more pictures (link below), still curious about what it might be!

Here is a link that might be useful: Tomato photos


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Looks interesting!

Please report back and let us know if it tastes good.

If you have grown Moneymaker, perhaps you could let us know how it compares.

I grew MM for many years. It always produced round fruit and behaved more like a determinate for me.

Linda


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I haven't, no, so can't compare... but will let you know if it's nice or not! If it tastes good and I can save enough seeds from this year's crop I'm happy to mail some around to whoever wants them.


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Veery interesting looking plant. Can't wait to see what it looks like ripe and to hear how you like the taste. I agree wwith Carolyn that it's not a heart. Certainly not Anna Russian. Keep us posted!
Sharon


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Reading your initial post again, it appears that what you grew never had a name. And while it's thought that Moneymaker is over 100 years old and that's been said for many years, the link below indicates it was bred in 1913.

And there are many other varieties that were bred both in England and the US, going back to the mid 1800's up to the early 1900's as well as many varieties that appeared due to Cross pollination,

So with no name given to you it's impossible to ID a specific variety b/c there's no way to know what to compare it with.

You might want to record everything you know about it, including all the names whose hands the seeds went through, and geographically where it was first IDed, and also all the traits of it, look at Tania's page below to see which traits she records, and then name it yourself.

Over the years I've received many seeds with no names and have had to name the variety either myself or interacting with the person I got the seeds from.

I'D be glad to help name it when you've gathered all the information, and for you only, my e-mail address is

cmale@aol.com

All others please do not e-mail me. ( smile)

Hope that helps,

Carolyn

Here is a link that might be useful: Moneymaker


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Oh that's great, thank you!! Mother-in-law and I decided to call it "Mylors" if nothing else appears��"the name of the house where the nice lady lived who had saved the seeds all those years and gave them to us.


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Mylors sounds fine to me since it does recognize the woman who saved those seeds for many years.

Congratulations on your newborn, ahem, and save lots of seeds and maybe I could trade you a few varieties in exchange for Mylors, since I'm always looking for new varieties to offer in my annual seed offer elsewhere..

Could you sharewith us again if it's an indeterminate, I think you call them pole varieties in the UK, and what it tastes like, compared to other varieties you've grown?

Thanks,

Carolyn, who gave you her e-mail contact in the post above.


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Yes keep us posted. And Caroline enjoy Wimbledon. Hopefully you will be ok with Arthur!
Sharon


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Interesting story and thanks for sharing. I've had a few oxhearts do that but not consistently on all fruits. Curious what your night and day temps are in your climate.
Might do well in my area.

-nice photos in your link. Love the purple pea.


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